CHRISTIE: I went to the telethon that NBC ran. Bruce [Springsteen] and I had an opportunity to chat for a while. We hugged. Bruce told me it's official. We're friends. I told the president today, actually, that the hug was great and that when we got home, there was a lot of weeping because of the hug, and president asked why. I said, "Well, to be honest, I was the one doing the weeping."Governor Christie is a huge fan.
From the June 13, 2012 Atlantic Monthly:
Governor Christie has been to 129 Bruce Springsteen concerts. His four children all went to Springsteen shows in utero. He knows every word to every Springsteen song. He dreams of playing drums in the E Street Band. People like Chris Christie don’t fall asleep at Springsteen shows. Christie thinks hard about what he would say to Springsteen, how he would explain himself, if he ever had the chance.
I passed an afternoon with the governor in his office in the Capitol, in Trenton, not long before the concert, listening to Springsteen—we spent half an hour dissecting “Thunder Road,” Christie’s favorite song—and trying to untangle his complex feelings about his idol. Christie believes fiercely that Springsteen would understand him if he only made the effort. “My view on it is that I’m not a priority of his right now,” he said. “At some point maybe I will be. If Bruce and I sat down and talked, he would reluctantly come to the conclusion that we disagree on a lot less than he thinks.”